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Fl Studio 20.8 What’s New?

Faster, precise and free with new Frequency Splitter, mastering plugins, new workflow features such as Automation Clip merging and sample replacement.


December 15, 2020

Get more control over your audio with Frequency Splitter. Mix and master with enhanced precision with Parametric EQ2 and Maximus Linear Phase filters and updated Frequency visualizations. 

Take advantage of improved workflow Automation Clip merging and right-click to delete Initialized controls. Speed sample replacement with the cut and paste audio option on the Sampler Channel and Audio Clip preview window.

Plus, lots more enhancements for one of the world’s most popular DAW applications. FL Studio 20.8 is a free update for existing customers under Image-Line’s Lifetime Free Updates policy. 

New Tools

Frequency Splitter – Take more control over your audio and split it into two or three frequency bands, using advanced Linear Phase filters, for individual band processing or effects. Use an extended range of cut-off slopes from -6 dB to 96 dB/Octave. Visualise frequencies with a Frequency Histogram, Heatmap or innovative dual-mode display.

Instrument Tuner – When you need a tuner, you need one! Choose from dial or line visualizations, perfect for tuning guitars, brass and woodwind. Vocalists get in-tune or use Tuner for ear training.

Updated Plugins

Fruity Parametric EQ 2 – Comprehend your mix faster with the flexible Frequency Histogram. Inspect and identify problem frequencies with greater precision using the Band Solo features and Phase Rotation display. When you need to reduce unwanted phase cancellations flip to the new Linear Phase mode with low CPU overhead and high modulation slew-rate capability.

Maximus – Master your mix with greater precision using the new Frequency Histogram display and Linear Phase filters. Choose between 12 and 24 dB cut-off slopes for the Low-Mid and Mid-High band crossovers. 

Sampler / Audio Clip Channels – Speed your sound design and composition workflow with the new Cut and Paste options from the Preview Window (Right-Click) options menu. Create new samples or replace Sampler Channel and Audio Clip samples with whatever you have in the Audio Copy Buffer.

FLEX – Find content faster with the new Browser. Disable the arpeggiator on presets for which the option is available.

Transistor Bass – Never satisfied with great, our team spent weeks locked away in the lab with a disassembled TB303 and an oscilloscope to produce our most accurate emulation ever. Use the new V2 TB303 cutoff range option to enjoy. 

ZGE Visualizer – Is easier than ever to create layers with simple drag and drop workflow for video and images to the Main Editor. Create YouTube thumbnails or extract images for further editing with ‘Save still image’ to a custom size. Enjoy faster real-time performance with RAM loaded video and improved render speed with native the NVIDIA accelerated CODEC option, available on Windows.

Control Surface / Patcher – Populate control surface layouts faster with the new (Right-Click) ‘Duplicate’ option. 

Improved Workflow

Merge Automation Clips – Merge automation clips, selected from any Playlist tracks, into a single Clip from the Playlist Edit menu. Assign the new clip to control all previous targets, the first clips target or none.

Clone Automation Clips with links – Avoid unnecessary linking when cloning Automation Clips. (Right-Click) Automation Clips in the Channel Rack & Picker Panel to clone Clips with the target links intact.

Automation Clips – Enjoy increased precision for control and parameter automation.

Glitch free plugin loading – Smoother audio with gapless instrument loading.

Initialized Controls – Faster removal of initialized control positions with the new (Right-Click) control option ‘Delete initial value’. No more hunting for initialized controls in the Browser. 

File size warning – Keep track of your project sizes with the new maximum size a FL Studio (.flp) project setting. A warning will let you know when you have reached your limit.

Wrapper > Troubleshooting – Solve problems with plugins faster with the updated Wrapper options. ‘Fast idle’ mode added to increase the frame rate for some plugin editor windows.

Language Support – Introducing native language support for Chinese. More languages to come (French, German & Spanish) soon, visit the user forums if you would like to get involved here.

Options requiring restart – Smoother setting of options that require FL Studio to restart with automated restarting. Yay!

Updated unlock panel – Clearer instructions for users unlocking FL Studio from the About Panel. Use your account Password, File or Redeem purchased product Codes from 3rd party vendors.


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